Cats are wonderful companions that possess lifesaving instincts. This was especially true of a feline named Masha that had spent her entire life living as a stray on the streets of Obinisk, Russia. Masha was considered to be a neighborhood cat that everyone took turns feeding. She was even allowed to sleep inside homes when the weather turned bitterly cold.
One of the residents in Masha’s territory was a woman named Irna Lavoraa. She was taking out her trash one evening when she heard a strange noise coming from the basement of her apartment building. After a few moments, she realized it sounded like a cat crying and immediately thought of Masha. She hurried to the basement to investigate.
Lavoraa was not prepared for what she found. Inside a cardboard box was an abandoned baby boy. He had been left alone in a cold basement to fend for himself. Masha had discovered him there and was lying beside him as Lavoraa arrived. Shocked beyond belief, she called for help.
Police officers soon arrived and took the boy to a hospital for examination. It was determined he was about three months old and had been alone for several hours before being found. The doctor said it was fortunate the cat had decided to give the baby body heat because he would have most likely died without it.
According to one of the ambulance drivers on the scene, Masha chased the vehicle for several blocks after it departed. She then remained in the same spot for hours, apparently awaiting the baby’s return.
Lavoraa said that Masha is a very sweet and calm cat, and she had feared the cat was injured when hearing the constant meowing. She added that Masha was simply showing her maternal instincts even though the baby was human instead of feline. The cat is now considered a hero in her neighborhood and has been very spoiled ever since.
The baby boy is reportedly doing well. The police are currently searching for his parents.